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Dyche maintains that European challenge isn't on Clarets' radar

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Burnley Manager Sean Dyche

Burnley Manager Sean Dyche

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Burnley Manager Sean Dyche

Burnley manager Sean Dyche insisted he is still not thinking about Europe after a draw with Sheffield United kept his side in with a shot of a top-seven finish.

John Egan's first Premier League goal came with 10 minutes left to deny Burnley victory after stand-in skipper James Tarkowski put the Clarets in front before half-time.

The result moves Burnley to 46 points, two points behind United in eighth place, with both sides still in the hunt for Europe amid the uncertainty brought by Manchester City's appeal against their two-year ban.

But Dyche said a second European qualification in three years was not his concern at this point.

"It's interesting, people keep putting that on us," he said.

"That was never the aim of the season, the aim of the season was first to stay in the Premier League and second to get as high up the table as possible, and that second part is still the aim.

"We're on our second highest ever points total at this stage so I'm not going to be overly critical of the players, they're working to their maximum and we've got very few bodies.

"The real message from me was to be competitive in the remaining games and see where it takes us."

 

Belfast Telegraph